Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints, now With Character Improv!

stopwatch graphicIf this is Friday, it must be Belgium.

Wait, that’s not right.

It this is Friday, it must be time for some Writing Sprints.

That’s more like it.

In honor of Jilly, who mentioned in her post on Sunday that she thought “tackling some short, sharp, different challenges would help my Girls to stay fresh”, as well as our discussions earlier this week on character, I thought it might be fun to add a little Character Improv to our writing sprints.

The process is pretty simple. Continue reading

Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Writer_FlowchartWe spend a lot of time talking about the craft of writing here on the Eight Ladies blog.  It helps reinforce and/or expand our writing skills and provides motivation and new perspectives.  Plus, it’s nice to be part of a community of other people with similar interests and goals.

All that is great, but being a writer also involves doing some actual writing.   To that end, it’s time for Friday Writing Sprints. Continue reading

Elizabeth: Write!

As I mentioned in last week’s blog post, the two best pieces of writing advice I’ve encountered are read a lot and write a lot.  Implementing that advice, however, is easier said than done.  Like many other writers, I have a full-time day job that pays the bills and keeps me in books and shoes and other necessities of life.  While that relieves me of the need to make a living off my writing, it also leaves me with little time to actually write.

A full-time job plus a full-time commute means my writing day doesn’t even start until after 7:00pm, and I’ll be honest, after a long day at work and on the road, my enthusiasm for sitting in front of the computer and writing in the evening is pretty limited.  Continue reading